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Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

This Christmas will bring a fairly rare celestial event, one that some will only see once in their lifetime: a holiday full moon. According to NASA, this will be the first full moon on Christmas since 1977, and the last one to happen until 2034. This particular event comes with a couple benefits, too: the weather has been unseasonably warm in many places thanks to a strong El Nino, and the moon’s peak size will happen at 6:11AM EST, so you won’t have to get up too early to see it.

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Toxic sea algae could be giving sea lions ‘dementia’

Toxic sea algae could be giving sea lions ‘dementia’

Sea lions could be developing a sort of dementia due to a toxic algae that scrambles their memory, making it difficult for them to find food. Researchers believe this could explain why sea lions lacking expected navigation skills have been observed in past years. Humans are partly to blame for this, as our impact on marine systems and global temperatures have helped the implicated algae blooms flourish.

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Researchers discover how cat parasite alters human behavior

Researchers discover how cat parasite alters human behavior

It’s no secret that cats and a certain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii are associated with each other. Pregnant women, for example, are advised to stay away from cats during their pregnancy due to the risk of contracting the parasite, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis was long thought to (usually) have no symptoms in healthy adults, but researchers have increasingly found evidence of so-called brain 'hijacking.'

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US airlines ban hoverboards over fire, safety concerns

US airlines ban hoverboards over fire, safety concerns

Whether you call them "hoverboards" or self-balancing scooters, nearly everyone in the world is now getting concerned about the risk of fire the devices pose. American Airlines, Delta, and United, the US's three largest airlines, have joined several others in stating that the scooters are banned from coming on flights. They join Alaska Airlines, Jet Blue, British Airways, Virgin America, and more who have done the same.

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Dog & Bone’s Bluetooth padlock makes keys and dials obsolete

Dog & Bone’s Bluetooth padlock makes keys and dials obsolete

We’ve seen a few different Bluetooth locks, the kind you install in your front door and use to secure your home. Dog & Bone’s new Bluetooth lock is a little different, though; it comes in the form of a padlock, making it suitable for securing your bicycle, garden shed, treasure chest, or similar items. The design is classic, but the functionality is modern, requiring only a smartphone and app for locking and unlocking.

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Scientist who injected himself with 3.5 million year old bacteria ‘feels fine’

Scientist who injected himself with 3.5 million year old bacteria ‘feels fine’

Living forever is a dream as old as death, and one humanity hasn’t yet made reality. That’s not for a lack of trying, though. At-home advocates partake in extreme calorie restriction in a bid to stave off aging, and others pop experimental drugs that, hopefully, prolong their life rather than shorten it. One scientist went a different route, though, injecting himself with 3.5-million-year-old bacteria. In his most recently interview, he revealed that he is still feeling fine.

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Police raid home of alleged Bitcoin creator Craig Wright

Police raid home of alleged Bitcoin creator Craig Wright

Following two reports claiming Australian Craig Wright is one of the creators behind Bitcoin, police have raided a home allegedly rented by Wright and his wife. The raid was performed by the Australian Federal police, which claims the search was done with warrants and has nothing to do with the recent allegations. They said their search is to “assist the Australian Taxation Office” in a matter that hasn't been specified.

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New stretchy ‘Band-Aid’ uses smart tech to heal wounds

New stretchy ‘Band-Aid’ uses smart tech to heal wounds

MIT researchers have created a new type of ‘Band-Aid’ that is stretchy with components that give it so-called smart functionality. These sensors include things relevant to wound healing and the monitoring of such, such as a thermometer, drug-delivery tech, LED status indicators, and more. The stretchy part of the design makes the bandage more suitable for flexible parts of the body like elbows and knees.

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Netflix will have twice as many original shows next year

Netflix will have twice as many original shows next year

Netflix has several original shows under its belt, some more popular than others. We've known for a while that Netflix has no intention of slowing down, and that it would in fact increase its original content efforts in coming years. Hard figures weren't available, though, perhaps with the exception of its movie aspirations. That changed recently, with company chief content officer Ted Sarandos saying Netflix will double its offerings in 2016.

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3D maze study finds men navigate better than women

3D maze study finds men navigate better than women

Norwegian University of Science and Technology researchers have found that men are generally more efficient than women at navigating from one location to another, and the reason is linked to differences in how their brains handle the task. This difference gives women their own advantage, too: when it comes to finding an object within a particular location, women perform better than men.

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Researchers: Sun could produce disastrous ‘superflares’

Researchers: Sun could produce disastrous ‘superflares’

New research from the University of Warwick suggests the Sun is capable of producing a ‘superflare’ that, should it ever happen, could take down communications and electrical grids on Earth. This stems from a superflare spotted by NASA’s Keplar space telescope that was found to have similar patterns to less powerful solar flares. A superflare has the same amount of energy as a billion megaton bombs.

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